Stylistic nomenclature to the test of the object - Construction and breakdown of language in art history.

Organizer: Professur Delbeke
Date: Wednesday, 24 October 2018 to Friday, 26 October 2018
Location: The French Academy in Rome (Villa Medici) - The Swiss Institute in Rome

The French Academy in Rome (Villa Medici) and the Swiss Institute in Rome are organising a
research workshop dedicated to stylistic vocabulary from 24th to 26th October 2018.
Aiming to rework the traditional symposium format, we propose to bring together for three days,
in Rome, guest researchers and selected Ph.D. students invited to focus on a new approach to
the theme.

Whilst art history is increasingly assuming a global approach by restructuring in full its method of
theorising and teaching the discipline, this research workshop proposes to reflect on the concepts
of style and periods which have forged fields of study and made them relevant to modern day
life. It will be questioned what shaped history, usage and criticism of expressions such as
"antique", "realism", "modern", "contemporary", "avant-garde" – all terms constantly used, yet
always ambiguous.

By alternating communications thorough analyses conducted directly upon objects, it will not
only approach the lexical constructions conveyed by historiography, but also compare these
representations with the reality of artistic objects – no matter if paintings, sculptures, decorative
items or architectures - and enquire the various values and cultural meanings inscribed in the very
materiality of the artwork.

This invitation is aimed at Ph.D. students and young Doctors of art history, the topic of whose
research is within the scope of the workshop. Communication (essay) proposals must be
submitted before 28th February 2018.

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